On the west side of the Nam Lang River, there lies a nearly undiscovered way of life waiting to be explored. Enjoy this unique opportunity, and insight into old world culture on this seven-day Ziya Dum Trekking itinerary. Travel by car and foot in Yangon, Putao, Upper Shanguang, Wason Dum, Ziya Dum, Hkalan Dum and Kyauk Sein Taung. Learn about an exotic culture as you chat with tribe members in each of these small ancient villages. Tread where few travelers have gone as you stay in local houses and spend a day discovering how they truly live.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Northern Frontier: Fly into Putao, the northernmost town in Kachin State, where Myanmar meets the foothills of the Himalayas.
• Jade Mountain: On the way to Wason Dum Village, trekkers cross Kyauk Sein Taung Pass, famed for its orchids and its birdlife, including the colorful hornbill.
• Shan State Culture: Throughout the hills of northern Myanmar, travelers will come across the Lisu, Rawang, and Khamti Shan people living side-by-side.
Travel from Yangon to Putao by Air Bagan. Arrive in Putao and enjoy a traditional, savory lunch at a local restaurant. Begin your trek to Upper Shanguang, a village inhabited by both the Lisu and Rawang tribes. Visit with the friendly villagers and learn about their preserved, traditional way of life. Retire for the night at a local house.
Trek to the peaceful Wason Dum Village through the Kyauk Sein Taung Pass - charmingly named “Jade Mountain” in the local language for its natural composition. Keep your eyes peeled to spot stunning wild orchid and hornbill. The countryside is buzzing with wild birds and rare butterflies. Arrive in Wason Dum and spend the night at a local house.
Trek through the small village of Awa Dum and visit with the local Lisu tribe as you make your way to Ziya Dum. Hike through the dense, lush jungle and cross a suspension bridge to reach Ziya Dum. Spend the night at a local house in the village.
Get an early start after breakfast and trek to the Hkalan Dum Village. Explore the jungle further and cross another suspension bridge to reach Wason Dum. Visit with the local Rawang people and learn about their culture. Spend the evening at a local house.
Spend the day trekking between the villages on your way back to the Upper Shanguang. Take the scenic route along the Kyauk Sein Taung pass and pause to smell the beautiful wildflowers spotting the hills. Spend the night at a local house in Upper Shanguang.
Trek from Upper Shanguang to Putao - a tiny village famous for its specialty moonshine. Learn how the alcohol is made and sample its unique flavour yourself. Fly to Yangon, where you will spend your final night.
Relax this morning before your private transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
The far reaches of Myanmar does not have hotels, so for a truly authentic and adventurous experience, either stay in a tented camp or a homestay in a traditional local family home. Although the accommodation is basic, traveling these remote areas make truly memorable experiences.
Located in a lotus garden not far from the Shwedagon Pagoda is The Governor's Residence. Once a governor's mansion, it has since been converted in to a 49-room hotel, a 30-minute drive from Yangon airport (RGN). Located in the hotel are two restaurants; the Mandalay Restaurant serves Asian and European cuisine and the Mindon Lounge is a comfortable spot to sit indoors overlooking the garden, or outdoors, and enjoy a refreshment. While there is a swimming pool and massage treatments are offered, there is no spa. The Governor’s Residence has a fitness center and WiFi is available anywhere on hotel grounds, in addition to having a business center for Internet and email access.
This elegant 32-room colonial palace, built at the height of the British rule in Burma, is reminiscent of the romantic era of Graham Greene and W. Somerset Maugham. It remains an oasis of tranquility in an ever-changing and bustling Rangoon. The Strand was previously part of the Aman group, and is still of Aman caliber in its splendid suites, delicious food and superb service. It is now a part of the GHM Group, which is an Aman affiliate. The hotel offers two dining options, The Strand Café, which features Burmese cuisine, and The Strand Grill, which is said to be one of Yangon’s finest dining venues. A business center is available for Internet and email access with professional secretarial services. The hotel has The Strand Boutique for shopping and The Strand Spa Suite for spa treatments. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Yangon International Airport (RGN).
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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